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Day 3: Striking A Balance

I am only 3 days into this endeavor and already I find myself rethinking my dietary choices. Last night Baby L and I went to my parents’ house for dinner. By most standards it was a healthy meal of salmon, cheddar loaf, green salad and Waldorf salad. However, this time I couldn’t help but to check where the salmon came from, was it farm-raised? (I don’t know, and yes – if you were wondering).

It seems that the more I learn about whole living the more I hesitate to consume anything that isn’t whole. I know that we can’t make this change over night. There is to much to learn and to much processed food already in the house that I’m not prepared to just throw out. If we were to completely throw ourselves into this endeavor and give up everything we used to eat, we would probably give up on the whole thing within a week. But, as much I know that it will be better in the long run for us to make this transition gradually, it’s tough to ignore the things I used to be ignorant about.

For example, I purchased some brats when I visited the farm on Thursday and I’m sure that we will eat them the first night Mr. L gets home. However, I don’t know what I’m supposed to do about buns? Do I go to the store and buy a package like I always have? Should I try to bake my own buns from scratch. I don’t have a clue how to do that, and even if I did I only have normal white flour at home and I’m pretty sure that I should be using whole wheat flour if not something even less processed than that. Where on earth do I get non-GMO whole wheat? As you can see it’s easy to get overwhelmed!

I think the only thing I can do is try to make the healthiest choices possible at the grocery store and then slowly work my way on from there. Who knows – by this time next year maybe I really will be grinding my own wheat and making my own hotdog buns!

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Day 1: We Join The Farm

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Today was the day. After months of talking about it, researching and of course extensively pinning, I finally bit the bullet and purchased our farm membership. Although this might seem like the beginning of our journey, it all began last November <Cue Flashback Music>. That was when my husband and I learned that we were expecting our first child. I very quickly learned that when you are pregnant there is a list about a mile long of things that you can’t do, can’t eat, can’t even be in the same room with! It was definitely a learning experience but I was willing to sacrifice whatever was necessary to ensure that my baby was safe and healthy.

For the first time in my life I was reading labels and taking serious consideration to the products that I put in and on my body. I gave up my favorite anti-wrinkle cream (hey – you can’t start to early!), because of the AHA’s it contained and I gave up lunch meats because of the Nitrates. At first I was put-off by the price of the organic products at the grocery store. They seemed so expensive! I just had a hard time believing that it really made that much of a difference.

My precious baby boy was born in July and the moment I laid eyes on him any lingering misgivings vanished. I didn’t care how much work it would take or how much money it would cost, if we could swing it then I would do everything I could to ensure that this child wasn’t exposed to any more chemicals than was absolutely avoidable. Luckily I’ve chosen to breast-feed so we don’t have to worry about the chemicals and additives in formula, but anything that I consume affects him. That’s why we got up this morning and drove 15 min. down the road to My Dad & Me Family Farms in Powder Springs, GA.

You might have guessed from the name that this is a family operation. What you might not have guessed is that they are firmly committed to keeping their products as green as possible. Their cows are exclusively grass fed, and the animals that consume grains are all fed organic, non-GMO grains. All the animals are cage-free and live in comfortable, humane conditions. Evidently I’m not the only one who finds this appealing, because they have had a waiting list for membership since June.

The membership itself is a $35.00 annual fee, and then there are different membership plans that require you to spend a certain amount each week. We have joined on the Gold Plan which requires us to purchase at least $25.00 worth of groceries each week, and includes access to fresh milk and eggs. Some lower level plans do not include milk and eggs because those seem to be the products with the highest demand.

Today I purchased, some pork brats (My hubby, Mr. L, LOVES Brats), some grass-fed ground beef, a jar of raw milk and a dozen eggs. Tomorrow I will review my first experience with raw milk, but for now Baby L is crying so I must go. Are any of you members of a farm or co-op, have you made a transition to whole foods? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section.